The Pentateuchas “Torah”

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This essay observes that Jewish, Samaritan, and Christian readers engage the same pentateuchal texts, but they name them differently, publish them in different material forms, perform particular liturgical and devotional readings of them, and interpret them distinctively. These differences can be traced historically to four key figures in four pivotal moments: Ezra, Judah Maccabee, Judah haNasi, and Irenaeus. The developments associated with these figures help to account for the distinctive identities of Jews, Samaritans, and Christians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Pentateuch
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780198726302
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • Bible
  • Christians
  • Jews
  • Pentateuch
  • Samaritans
  • Scripture
  • Torah

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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